Mark R. Chauvin

Associate Principal and Unit Manager


Mark Chauvin joined WJE in 1999 and has significant experience with forensic investigations of a wide variety of architectural and structural problems with buildings, facades, and bridges. His work has involved inspection, analysis, and repair of structural capacity issues, deterioration, distress, or failure of wood, concrete, masonry, steel, and post-tensioning systems, including multiple collapse investigations. Mr. Chauvin has also performed numerous investigations of performance problems related to EIFS and stucco claddings, brick masonry facades, and roofing and waterproofing systems.

In addition to his project work, Mr. Chauvin has conducted research to assess the effectiveness of several corrosion mitigation and rehabilitation alternatives on a chloride-contaminated reinforced concrete bridge in Minneapolis.


Bridge Engineering

  • Lowry Avenue Bridge - Minneapolis, MN: Instrumentation and monitoring of pier movement
  • Martin Olav Sabo Pedestrian Bridge - Minneapolis, MN: Evaluation and repair of stay-cable failures
  • Minnesota Bridge 02037W - Coon Rapids: Inspection, repair, and corrosion monitoring of post-tensioned tendons
  • Post-Tensioned Box Girder Bridges - MN: Inspection and assessment of tendon- grouting conditions and materials


Facade Assessment

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - MN: Investigation and repair of leakage and condensation issues
  • Kilowatt Community Center - Granite Falls, MN: Investigation and repair of building envelope leakage
  • Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, Mount Rushmore - Keystone, SD: Inspection of granite facade distress
  • The Falls at Riverplace - Minneapolis, MN: Investigation of building envelope leakage
  • The Metropolitan Opera House - New York, NY: Inspection of travertine facade distress


Failure Investigation

  • I-35W Bridge - Minneapolis, MN: Investigation of collapse
  • Heritage Lutheran Church - Apple Valley, MN: Investigation of roof collapse
  • Life Time Fitness - Savage, MN: Evaluation of precast-plank collapse
  • Manufacturing Facility - Cedar Rapids, IA: Investigation of partial roof collapse
  • Manufacturing Facility - Omaha, NE: Investigation of collapse
  • Quality Time Lanes - Independence, KS: Investigation of roof collapse


Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Academy of Holy Angels - Richfield, MN: Roof replacement design and construction observations
  • Hennepin County Government Center - Minneapolis, MN: Investigation and repair of waterproofing and expansion joint issues
  • Mortenson Construction - Minneapolis, MN: Roof replacement design and construction observations


Structural Evaluation

  • Becker-Hanson Building - Pierre, SD: Inspection of corrosion damage and repair design
  • Central MN Ethanol Co-op - Little Falls, MN: Evaluation of fire damage to concrete silo
  • Cold Spring Brewery - Cold Spring, MN: Investigation of wall cracking and deflection distress at concrete digester
  • Congregational United Church of Christ - Ladysmith, WI: Assessment of tornado damage
  • St. Mary’s University - Winona, MN: Evaluation of Sheffield tile floor structures
  • The Union Depot - St. Paul, MN: Condition assessment of train deck structure and construction observations during repair
  • U.S. Naval Facility - Quantico, VA: Investigation and repair of reinforced concrete digester
Professional Affiliations

Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI)


NHI Course 130078 - Fracture Critical Inspection
Professional Engineer in IA, KS, MN, ND, and NE
PTI Certification for Level 1 Bonded PT - Field Installation


University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1997
Master of Science, Structural Engineering, 1999